What happens at night while the boys are asleep that has a big effect on them all throughout the chapter?

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Not 100% sure which night you're speaking of, but the most important thing that happens throughout the novel while they're sleeping is the dogfight that leads to their "beast" on the mountain.  Our narrator describes a battle scene where a plane is shot down, and the pilot is ejected over...

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Not 100% sure which night you're speaking of, but the most important thing that happens throughout the novel while they're sleeping is the dogfight that leads to their "beast" on the mountain.  Our narrator describes a battle scene where a plane is shot down, and the pilot is ejected over the island, already dead.  The pilot lands about halfway up the mountain and is dragged the rest of the way up by winds.  When his parachute cords become tangled in the brush, the dead pilot is stuck on top of the mountain where he can only bow up and down with the flow of the wind.  This, of course, is the beast that is seen by first Sam and Eric on guard duty, and later Jack, Ralph and Roger.  This finding of the beast causes a large shift amongst the boys in terms of leadership.  Now that they have a tangible beast that needs to be destroyed, Jack's form of leadership looks much better than Ralph's.

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